Get out There and Do It!

Get out there and do it!I remember being fresh faced straight out of school and starting my first day of work.

When you’re 16 years old, it can be slightly confusing, if not downright hilarious working with a bunch of older blokes.

To this day, I can remember what another guy said.

“What the f*** are you doing here son!? Are you crazy!!! Get out there and do it, while you’re still young and healthy enough to do so!”

At the time, I didn’t know what the hell he was talking about – get out where and do what!?

Sure I could think of better things to do than getting up at 6.15 am and cycling 6 miles to work in sun, rain or hail. Spending 8 to 9 hours a day listening to a bunch of older farts going through midlife crises, complaining about their jobs and how they work overtime to avoid their wives.

One thing I did know was money was required to get the things I wanted and certainly didn’t want to be a bum sitting at home claiming benefits.

So amongst all the chatter of buying sports cars, getting motorbikes, or divorcing wives for a mistress half their age, what was this talk about ‘getting out there’ about?

It’s only now, much later on, that I start to fully understand that health is something we take for granted. We foolishly believe that we can stay active, healthy and well, indestructible forever.

Well, I hate to break it to you, we won’t!

As well as family, I have friends around my age, and even younger who have had and still do have serious medical problems, reducing their mobility, quality of life and options available to them. I have also had a few friend who are not so lucky. A few didn’t even get to see 30, never mind 40.

I have also had a few friends who are not so lucky.

Some didn’t even get to see 30, never mind 40.

I firmly believe that happiness, along with eating right and regular exercise, is the main attributes to a living a great healthy life. If you’re no longer enjoying doing something then it’s time to evaluate, maybe even make a change before time runs out. Remember some aren’t so lucky to have the same choices you do.

Get out there and do it, while you’re still young and healthy enough to do so!

Barry Sproston
Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.
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